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 Post subject: New Kuro X (and HGX)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:19 am 
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Dunno if anyone else reads the Akiba watch webpage frequently, but this article recently caught my attention. Seems that Kurouto Shikou hasreleased a "minor" update to the Kurobox, consisting of an external ac adaptor (capable of 100-240V 50-60 Hz) instead of the internal power supply. Now, if only they increased the RAM and CPU speed...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:26 am 
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Good find. But why don't they just sell Kuro's with the Linkstation PSU? Is the internal 240 PSU more dangerous to work with if it's "charged" or something?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:03 am 
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My kurobox HG do have a 100-240V PSU but it's an internal one !
Someone bought 10 PSU somewhere in asia, so i bought him one !
It's a simple replacement for the standard PSU (same size, same connectors, but 100-240V capable !), and then i changed the plug !

Now my kurobox can run without an ugly 220 -> 110 V adaptor ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:15 am 
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Would anyone have an idea concerning the availability of this Kuro with external 100-240V 50-60 Hz power supply ?
(Yeah, I have some hard time reading Japanese...)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:19 am 
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Yannis wrote:
Would anyone have an idea concerning the availability of this Kuro with external 100-240V 50-60 Hz power supply ?
(Yeah, I have some hard time reading Japanese...)


I would guess that availability outside of Japan is limited at best, and at this point it's probably non-existent since this product is brand-spanking new.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:10 am 
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I've just sent an email asking for the availability of this "KuroBox (HG)X" to geekstuff4u.
I'll post the answer in this topic...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:32 am 
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geekstuff4u wrote:
La HGx etait une serie limite nous en avons eu une dizaine mais c est pour l instant fini

which we can merely translate to
geekstuff4u wrote:
HGx was a limited edition, we had a ten, but for now it's over.


:cry:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:50 am 
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Anyway it was more explansive than a kurobox HG and a 110-240V PSU !


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:02 am 
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Yeah, could be, but as I said, I wish I could have an external PSU in order to reduce the temperature inside the box, thus the fan speed, thus the noise...
But maybe that wouldn't have changed a thing...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:38 pm 
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I am very impressed with the Synology 101G+. It is very similar to the kurobox-hg but uses pccboot and has a bi-directional serial port available without modification.
SATA drive instead of PATA, has a external SATA connector and I got it for cheaper than the kurobox-hg.
It is real easy to take apart and swap the drive. Power supply is an external brick.
Only real negative is the 64MB of memory.

http://www.synology.com/enu/products/di ... rview.html


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:48 am 
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heh, it looks like it was REALLY limited edition... ran around Akihabara today (the Tokyo electronics district), and could find NO places that had any HG/X boxes (I would have bought one if they had them).

Oh well...

Java: I've been eying up one of these I-O Data Gigabit NAS boxes. The thing runs an Xscale 400 MHz Processor, has Intel components, run a 2.6 series kernel and has a full 128 megs of RAM. Best part seems to be that you can buy a serial cable specially made for this series of NAS boxes. Pretty sweet if you ask me.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:06 pm 
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yes Fr0.

The i-O Data boxes look interesting just wish they where available in the US


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:26 pm 
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@ Fr0 and javascout

ive been looking at one of the supertanks however it seems that iodata are not interested in selling it outside Japan , i was in conversation with teh UK distributor and they couldnt even get one.I migt order from Japan my only consideration is being new to all this is how hard it would be to install an english vesion of Debian on it ?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:38 am 
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flipside wrote:
@ Fr0 and javascout

ive been looking at one of the supertanks however it seems that iodata are not interested in selling it outside Japan , i was in conversation with teh UK distributor and they couldnt even get one.I migt order from Japan my only consideration is being new to all this is how hard it would be to install an english vesion of Debian on it ?


Well, I've seen hack directions for installing Debian on one of these, and I don't think it would be too hard to install an English version of Debian on the box. With that said though, my biggest warning would be that (afaik) ALL directions and knowlege of how to hack these boxes is in Japanese.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:49 pm 
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yeah ive done some hard googleing and found nothing in english , i have a firend with a japanese wife you could i guess translate it as long as its not to long or uses technical jargon (unlikley huh).


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